Deleuze Seminar 2014/2015

Deleuze and the New Humanities

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

Deleuze Seminar 2014-5


Academic year 2014-2015

Time: Tuesday afternoons, 14.00-17.00

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.

Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

Convened by:  Professor Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

With guest speakers.

For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle:



The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2013-14 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.


Seminar Theme 2014-15

Wheras Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) started his career “rewriting” the History of Philosophy, the second part of his oeuvre (published in the 1970’s and the 1980’s mainly) focused more on politics and aesthetics. It is in this second period that many humanities scholars traditionally have found their inspiration as it is here that concepts that deal with emancipation, resistance, liberation, creativity and life, are being invented. His books on cinema, the Capitalism and Schizophrenia books written with Guattari, but also his analysis of particular writers (Proust, Carroll, Kafka, Melville, Woolf) and visual artists (Bacon, Klee) are of special relevance, as is his enduring reflection on what counts as the human within the Humanities in the past and the present.

At the start of the 21st century, an age in which the Humanities are undergoing radical challenges and profound changes, a new rereading of the inspiring oeuvre of Deleuze seems necessary. While the traditional readings of his work have not lost importance, emerging interdisciplinary fields of study ask for new conceptual apparati. In this seminar our aim is to experiment with the work of Deleuze in order to see how his ideas can help these emerging fields, to see in what way Deleuze already anticipated upon them and how his concepts are able to push the discussions forwards.


Abbreviations of key Deleuze and Guattari texts:

ATP: A Thousand Plateaus

WIP: What is Philosophy?

N: Nietzsche and Philosophy

Cinema: volume 1 and 2

Desert Islands

Two Regimes




SESSION 1: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

September 16, 2014

Introduction: Deleuze on the Usefulness of Philosophy


Reading Material:

Cinema 2 Part 3 (1 page)


In Two Regimes: “How Philosophy is Useful to Mathematicians or Musicians”

In WIP: “Introduction: The question then…” and chapter 3: “Conceptual Personae”.


Introduction: “Deleuze’s Philosophy and the Art of Life Or: What does Pussy Riot Know?” In: The Deleuzian Century, Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn (eds.) Rodopi, 2014.



SESSION 2: (guest: Patricia Pisters, University of Amsterdam)

October 14, 2014

Deleuze on Post-Cinema


Reading Material:

“The Brain is the Screen”. In Two Regimes: What is the Creative Act?


ATP: Plateau 12 (on the war machine), especially “Proposition VIII. Metallurgy in itself constitutes a flow necessarily confluent with nomadism”.


P.Pisters: “Flashforward: the future is now” in: Deleuze Studies vol. 5, 2011: 98-115



SESSION 3:  (Guest: Birgit Kaiser , Utrecht University)

November 4, 2014

Deleuze on the Postcolonial

Reading Material:

In Desert Islands: Desert Islands


In Desert Islands: Jean Jacques Rousseau: Precursos of Kafka, Celine and Pone


Logic of Sense Appendixes II (301-321): Michel Tournier and the World Without Others



SESSION 4: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

December 9, 2014

Deleuze on Posthumanism


Reading Material:

In Desert Islands: “Nomadic Thought”


In Desert Islands: “Humans: a Dubious Existence”


In Two Regimes: “Response to a Question on the Subject”


R.Braidotti: The Posthuman chapter 2: “Post-anthropocentrism”.


Deleuze: Course on Spinoza and Individuality



SESSION 5:  (Guest: Sjoerd van Tuinen, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

 January 13, 2015

Deleuze on Europe, modernism, ressentiment


Reading Material:

In Two Regimes: “Europe the Wrong Way”.


In Two Regimes:  “May ’68 Did Not Take Place”.


R.Braidotti: “Nomadic European Citizenship” in : Nomadic Theory, CUP, 2011.


Franco “Bifo” Berardi “The European Collapse”,  in The Uprising.



SESSION 6: (Guest: Piotrek Swaitkowski, Radboud University)


February 17, 2015

Deleuze on Economics beyond the State


Reading Material:

ATP: “Apparatus of Capture”


AO: “The Civilized Capitalist Machine”


M. Lazzarato (2014), “Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity”, Semiotext(e).

Introduction accessible at:



SESSION 7:  (Guest: Henk Oosterling , Erasmus University Rotterdam)

March 17, 2015

Deleuze on the Post-Disciplinary (Digital) Societies


Reading Material:

N: “Control and Becoming”


N: “Postscript on Control Societies”


See ABCDAIRE on Human Rights:




SESSION 8: (Guest : Kathrin Thiele, Utrecht University)

April 14, 2015

Deleuze and Feminist Theory


Reading Material:

ATP: chapter on “Becoming”: pages 232-309, esp. pages 232-243, and 272-286.


Rosi Braidotti on Deleuze and becoming-woman in the 2nd edition of Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 2011)

Elisabeth Grosz  “The Future of Feminist Theory” (2011).



SESSION 9: (Dolphijn and Braidotti)

May 12, 2015

Deleuze on Naturalism


Reading Material:

ATP ch3: the Geology of Morals


WIP ch 4: Geophilosophy


Rick Dolphijn 2014 “De Natuurfilosofie van Deleuze en Guattari”. In: Wijsgerig Perspectief Jaargang 54 nummer 2. Pp. 14-21. (in Dutch only)


John Protevi 2013 “Geo-hydro-solar-bio-techno-politics” in: Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences. University of Minnesota press




Date: to be confirmed

Radboud  University Nijmegen

Organized by Prof. Anneke Smelik and Arjen Kleinherenbrink

(More details to be announced )



SESSION 10: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

June 2, 2015

Conclusion: on freedom through the understanding of our bondage, or : from Chaos to the Brain


Reading Material:

WIP: “Conclusion: from Chaos to the Brain”


Immanence: A Life…



See ABCDAIRE on N for Neurology and S for Style: